Behind our Human companies, we’ve got a Human team—one made up of people with diverse experiences, passions, and expertise. Together, we’re working to turn passions into products, to turn concepts into companies, and to turn innovators into incredible co-founders.
Executive Chairman, Founding Partner
CEO, Founding Partner
VP of Network
Head of Financial Operations
Chief Innovation Officer
Head of Diversity & Inclusion
Executive Assistant to the CEO / Office Manager
Blake Minho Kim
Venture Partner and CEO of Onward Labs
Throughout his career, Rob Code has advised on and directed operations at a number of businesses and startups, including Plated, MM.LaFleur, Ollie, and our very own Token.
Joe Scirocco's career includes stints as CFO and COO for companies like Tommy Hilfiger, Quiksilver, and TOMS. He serves as a strategic adviser and board member for several businesses.
Jeremiah Zinn has served as head of product at numerous companies, from Viacom, to Lulu, to Bark & Co. And that vast technical experience now benefits all our Human companies.
Peter Shallard is the Shrink for Entrepreneurs. As a renowned business psychology expert and therapist gone renegade, he works with founders to create growth, impact and sanity… simultaneously.
Our team is small.
Our network is powerful.
As our name suggests, we believe in the power of Human connections. So we rely on an extensive, ever‑growing network of experts and talent to give our founding teams all the support they need.
Our network includes dozens of the nation’s most coveted investors, most brilliant entrepreneurs, and most knowledgeable industry experts. Some have decades of experience, others bring fresh perspectives. Together, they help open doors and tackle tough problems. So no matter what challenges our founding teams face, our network will be there to pitch in.
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Joe Marchese is the Executive Chairman and lead investor in Human Ventures. He is also President of Advertising Revenue for Fox Networks Group, where he oversees linear and nonlinear sales, advertising research, and advanced ad products for Fox’s portfolio of network brands.
Joe is a serial entrepreneur. Prior to co-founding Human Ventures, he served as founder and CEO of true[x]—the leader in engagement advertising technologies—which was acquired by Fox in 2015. He also spent several years as a television executive at Fuse TV, and he’s a co-founder and Chairman of the Human company, Reserve.
In 2016, Joe was inducted into the Advertising Hall of Achievement. He’s also a member of the Board of Trustees for the Paley Center for Media.
Heather comes from a long line of entrepreneurs and started her first company when she was 12 years old. She was buying a portfolio of domain names in the early 90’s building business plans around each one. She’s spent her career at the intersection of company building, investing and philanthropy.
Heather now leads the core Human team and supports each portfolio founder through the beginning stages of company creation. She was recently featured in The Information as “The new breed of VC” and Business Insider called her “the first female-led startup studio, bringing a fresh new perspective to the tech scene.”
She serves on the leadership council for tech:nyc and is a mentor to both the NYC MIT Startup Studio and 1776 Accelerator. She is a contributor to Forbes, where she uncovers impactful startups, investors, and founders of our time.
Prior to Human Ventures, Heather incubated companies within City Light Capital—an impact investment fund that invests in companies generating measurable social good in addition to financial returns.
Michael is responsible for all aspects of finance and operations at Human Ventures. He previously served as CFO at charity: water, where he was hired by the founder to lead a rapid expansion from scrappy NYC startup to world-class global organization operating at scale. During his tenure, funding efforts brought in more than $175M of both working capital and international program support.
Prior to charity: water, Michael led teams at both Thomson Media and Deloitte. He's a CPA, and holds a BS/BA from The Ohio State University. Michael likes to build stuff, and is inspired by creative and entrepreneurial people and ideas.
Tim is the Chief Technical Officer at Human Ventures, spearheading the technical development of Human’s portfolio companies. Having Tim’s expertise readily available helps each new Human company launch at the very top of their game.
Tim comes to Human Ventures from Reserve (a Human-backed company), where he served as founding Chief Architect, responsible for shaping the underlying infrastructure that powers Reserve. Prior to Reserve, Tim served as VP of Product and Technology at Fuse Networks and as Chief Technology Officer at Newsweek and The Daily Beast.
After hustling her way into a job at a Shanghai gallery at the age of 19, making waves as one of the earliest hires at Artsy, building the MIT NYC Summer Startup Studio, and earning her MBA from MIT Sloan, Alessandra found her way to Human Ventures. Now, she’s using her get-it-done attitude to strengthen our diverse Human Ventures Network.
Alessandra is the go-to advisor when our co-founders have questions about early-stage team building, or how to tap into our network of experts. Her approach to company-founding comes from experience—so whenever a project needs all hands on deck, she’s usually the first to show up. She holds a BA from Vanderbilt University and an MBA from MIT Sloan, where she was a Martin Trust (1958) Community Fellow (2016) and recipient of the Patrick J. McGovern, Jr. Entrepreneurship Award (2016) for her work strengthening the MIT entrepreneurship community.
As the son of two entrepreneurs, Michael has been inventing products and starting companies since he was in high school. He’s launched everything from a personal finance lending platform, to a crowdfunding aggregator, to DroneObstacles.com. At Human Ventures, Michael helps the other Michael (Letta) with all things finance and operations—and he helps our founders understand the financial and operational aspects of their companies as well.
Before joining the team at Human Ventures, he worked at startups Quirky and WeWork, managing financials during highs, lows, and rapid growth. Michael also holds a BS/BA from The Ohio State University, and he’s a CPA. When he’s not working, he’s traveling.
Andrew is a member of the Workshop team at Human Ventures, designing and launching future Human portfolio companies. He works hand-in-hand with our exceptional founders to originate, frame, design, build, test, and launch new products and services.
Before joining the Human team, Andrew worked as a management consultant and design strategist at Accenture, building and growing companies of all sizes. He also graduated from Wheaton College, spent six months building a social agribusiness in Uganda, and earned an MS in Strategic Design and Management from Parsons, where he now serves as an adjunct professor.
Anna Nti-Asare-Tubbs is a writer and PhD student. She graduated from the University of Cambridge with her Masters in Multidisciplinary Gender Studies in 2015, after having graduated from Stanford University with her bachelors in Anthropology in 2014, as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Anna is deeply interested in gender and race issues in the US. She is pursuing her PhD in Sociology at the University of Cambridge as a Gates scholar.
At Human, Anna brings her intersectional expertise to put best practices in place for increasing diversity while building out early teams.
Peter has two jobs at Human Ventures. As Executive Assistant to the CEO, he keeps our fearless leader organized. And as Office Manager, he keeps everything else organized, too. He joins our team after working at the New York Historical Society, the Intrepid Museum, GAMA hedge fund, Guggenheim Partners, and on the TV show Blue Bloods.
With a passion for using economics for the sake of social good, Peter puts his heart into his work every day—and that means he’s a valuable part of just about every project the Human team undertakes. He holds a BA from the University of Colorado, and a BS and MS from Oregon State University.
Chris supports our portfolio companies and the workshop across various operational functions and evaluates new investment opportunities. He began his career at AllianceBernstein, and was the first employee at Netplus Capital, a family office focused on Latin American clients. Most recently, Chris worked at Flat World Partners, an impact investing advisory firm, where he evaluated early stage opportunities and fund investments.
Growing up, Chris's roots led him to spend countless summers in Bolivia and he is fluent in Spanish. He has an MBA from the Wharton School, where he was a David George Jones fellow, a BA from the University of Virginia, and is a CFA charter holder.
Nam works with Michael Letta & Michael Jurek on all things related to the financial operations of Human Ventures and our portfolio companies. Having worked with a varied range of companies, from fintech to digital retail, Nam brings a broad perspective to his work, and knows what it takes to successfully set our portfolio companies up for growth.
Prior to Human Ventures, Nam was at Nomad Financial helping early and mid-stage companies build and scale their financial operations. Nam holds a BS from The University of Tennessee and is a die-hard Volunteer football fan. In his free time, Nam enjoys making music and seeing shows.
Matthew joined Human Ventures' after working in micro lending both internationally and domestically. His experience has spanned from designing and building a self-sustaining micro lending program as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana, West Africa, to working in financial strategy and impact evaluation at Grameen America, the largest domestic micro lending organization.
Matthew works with Human Ventures' senior leadership to take early ideas and market insights and turn them into concise, structured proposals for new business opportunities. He graduated from Northeastern University with a BS in Economics and Mathematics and a minor in Architectural History, he is also an alumni of the New York Community Trust Leadership Fellowship at the Baruch College Marxe School of International and Public Affairs.
Blake Minho Kim
Blake is a member of the Workshop team at Human Ventures, collaborating with Andrew to design and launch future Human portfolio companies. Having worked at a variety of early stage startups during his time at Columbia University, it was only natural that Blake would go on to launch his own venture, a luxury menswear brand, immediately upon graduation.
Most recently, Blake spent 2 years launching and growing the New York office of BrandCap, a strategic brand consultancy. In addition to building cutting-edge businesses and brands, Blake is passionate about fashion, boxing, and D2C businesses of all kinds.
Josh is Venture Partner at Human Ventures and CEO of Onward Labs, where he leads the team’s efforts across company building, partnerships, and community. Josh has spent his career at the intersection of public/private partnerships working with former Mayor Cory Booker to reimagine the possibilities for education and economic development alongside the $100 million investment by Mark Zuckerberg.
Josh was appointed as Director of Education in Bridgeport, CT where he eliminated their budget deficit and built the first vehicle to receive private investment. Josh was a Mayoral Candidate for New York City in the most recent election and co-founded Blockchain for Change, one of the first live and working companies built on blockchain in New York City.
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